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Tim Raines inducted into the (Canadian) Hall of Fame

Feb 8, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

Tim Raines

No one was elected to the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown last month. But at least the Canadians appreciate a good baseball player when they see one:

The former Montreal Expos outfielder was selected for induction Thursday into the Canadian Baseball of Fame. Also included in the class of 2013 are former outfielders George Bell and Rob Ducey as well as former announcer Tom Cheek and longtime minor league owner Nat Bailey.

Raines is an obvious choice for any Hall of Fame. As for Bell: he once again gets an honor that Alan Trammell is being unfairly denied. Sigh.

  1. pdowdy83 - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    If only Alan Trammell had played north of the border…

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      He played a lot of games in Toronto. Detroit and Toronto used to be in the same division.

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Cue the beaver jokes.

  2. mazblast - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    Good going, Tim, eh?

  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Raines and Bell were 2 of the best baseball players to play for Canadian teams. Ducey was not a star, but he was born in Canada and played for both the Jays and the Expos.

    It may be a winter wonderland outside, but pitchers and catchers report very soon. To those fans along the East Coast who will be snowed in by the blizzard, remember spring training is just around the corner. Here in the Toronto area, it is snowing, but we will probably only get between 8 and 10 inches.

    • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      Reporting from Clearwater, Florida, minutes from Phillies spring training camp, conditions are currently perfect for baseball. It’s a sunny 65° (18° C to you metric types). If nature intended us to live where it snowed, we would be born looking like a polar bear.

      That said, good job, Canadian HOF for recognizin’. Tim Raines deserves it.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:44 AM

        Enjoy the weather.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        Oh, I do. :-)

      • fanofevilempire - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:37 AM

        man you better hope a hurricane doesn’t blow ya ass out to sea.
        nyc is going to be awesome over the next few days.
        what the heck do you do in Clearwater, have lunch @3:30 pm
        Miami is booty-licious.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

        Evilempire, Tampa Bay has its share of fine booties. I invite you to kiss mine before it gets blown out to sea. :-)

        I was born and raised in Nueva York and I know exactly what I’m not missing. Too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, and too many damn people, many of them Yankee fans. I do miss Central Park in the fall, but I can always visit. As for what I do here? Year round, I enjoy some beaches with the finest white sand and the clearest of blue water (Clearwater, get it?). The only problem is that sometimes, I take all this natural beauty for granted. It’s a terrible problem, but somehow, I carry on.

        (Just an FYI, the Tampa Bay region, which includes Clearwater, has been hit with exactly zero hurricanes in the past 80 years. I wish I could say the same for my old hometown. I wouldn’t wish a hurricane on anyone.)

      • stlouis1baseball - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:07 PM

        Sure Inda! Rub it in.
        But in Indiana…there was snow on the ground Christmas day.
        We also went sledding…rode our four wheelers in the snow and built a snow man.
        We also closed work for a day and the kids got snow days.
        How about you?

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Yeah, that wasn’t very nice of me.

        What did I do? Traditional Christmas barbecue. Doesn’t everyone? We almost went to the beach, but figured it would be too crowded–I’m totally serious.

        Your Christmas does sound like fun. I have enough family still up north (PA & NY) that I can get my winter fix in. When the kids are a little older and can appreciate it, I will introduce them to the wonders of snow on Christmas Day, with none of the hassle of having to live with the stuff for several months. Snow in NYC is disgusting. It looks so pretty coming down, but once traffic, people, and dogs have had their way with it, it’s just a gross slushy wet mess.

      • nbjays - Feb 9, 2013 at 8:27 AM

        Can you get it to warm up just a tad… 75 would be perfect. I will be down in Orlando for the first week of March and could use some warm sunshine. :-)

      • indaburg - Feb 9, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        O-town, being inland, is usually warmer than the bay. I predict mid-70s and lots o’sun. Pack your sunscreen and have a great time. Floridians heart Canadian tourists.

    • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      We’re going to be 56* and sunny today. Does that make it seem more spring training-ish?

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Show off.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:55 AM

        Not really. I HATE not having a winter. I love snow. I get bitter that we don’t have seasons. 😦 Some day, I’m moving north again.

        I was just trying to be helpful.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:06 AM

        We have lots of seasons. Baseball season, hurricane season, python hunting season. If I can’t step outside in my birth clothes without risking hypothermia, it’s just not right.

        When I get melancholic for foliage or snow, I visit it. Seasons are fun on vacation. I mean, it’s very tough to ski on sand. However, when I see people digging out their cars from under 2 feet of snow, that itch gets cured mighty fast.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        I hate summer, and it’s the season I’m stuck with the most. 115*? No, thank you. You can put on more clothes to get warm. You can never take off enough to get cool. I hibernate all summer. I stay inside & watch baseball games. I’m probably the only person who gains weight in the summers. When it’s September and it’s still in the 90’s here, I’m freaking angry all the time. It sucks. 😦

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Oh, fudge, 115° isn’t human either. That’s an oven setting. For whatever reaon, we don’t break 100°. During the peak summer when Chicago or NYC are reporting record breaking 100°+ temps, it’s hotter in the northeast than here.

        I watch games while soaking in the pool with a drink in hand during summer. :-) Yeah, I hate me too.

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:29 AM

        Snow? What is….snow?

        (Hands up if you spotted the clever Twilight Zone allusion.)

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

        I’d make some scathing remark about tundra, seal blubber and being tough, but the tears of despair and the choking envy seem to be limiting my repertoire this morning.

        …what I wouldn’t give for 18C…sniffles

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        If it makes you feel better, we’ve already had our first tornado watch for the year. We’re ripe for more.

        I really would trade you. I’m not genetically designed for this climate. But, I will try to enjoy it a little for your sake.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Sure. Troll me when I’m down. What’s next? Details of the sunburn you got last week?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        It’s supposed to be 66* Sunday…but rainy. I can skip the sunblock that day maybe. I am a delicate flower.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        /throws mittens, scarf, mukluks, and ski goggles

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:57 AM

        What? No marshmallows from your cocoa? Boooo!!!

        /throws SUNFLOWER seeds

      • Old Gator - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        I save my marshmallows for the alligators in the canal out back…though by now most of them are caimans anyway.

        Uh-oh – my pitcher of frozen banana colada daiquiri is empty again. Better refill it before I tan too much more….aww, shit, another frog just jumped into the pool. Everyone wants to cool off.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:53 PM

        Cur has enough melanin to handle the Florida sun just fine. Come join Gator, me, and the frog in the pool for a winter respite while ‘philiac is up north shoveling your driveway. She’s cool like that.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

        Speaking of cool, I had a picnic for lunch today. I’m thinking of making a drink run for the office. Does anyone want an ice coffee. (Gator, see you at 5:00pm.)

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Speaking of picnic, I had a hoagie from our newly opened Wawa today. It was sooo good.

        You better spike Gator’s ice coffee with something interesting.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        I’ve applied to some jobs in New Zealand. If those don’t come through, you bet your ass I’m heading to Florida for next winte…weenter.

        The thought of ‘Philliac wrangling the snowblower in my enormous driveway warms my soul already.

        Y’gotta do the drive, the walks all ’round the house (its a big house, too) and the neighbours on both sides (they are elderly). Then, when you’re done that, head across the street and get the walks of the house with the handicapped parking sign out front. Clean the snow blower with the compressed air hose before you put it away. Then, grab your shovel and clean off the deck. When you are finished that, you may have that heart attack you’ve been working on.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        You know I can get a guy to do that for me, right?

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:27 PM

        /throws shovelfull of snow

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:34 PM


      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:43 PM

        I see you’ve nearly mastered the art of intert00bing, ‘philliac. For that true professional air the “o” s in “boobz” should be zeros, though.

        As in: “b00bz”

        Carry on.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:48 PM

        I’m really okay with my amateur status. If you toss me some more snow, I can make the world’s smallest snowman.

        /sips on ice latte and adjusts sunglasses

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:51 PM

        Oh yeah? OH YEAH!??? Well this is what most people look like after clearing all this snow…


        /stomps off to fridge to console self with sealblubbersicle

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:57 PM

        Honey, does mean I don’t get the little snowman?

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:01 PM

        Its not little.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:56 PM

        Why would you get a guy to shovel the snow for you? You like the cold weather, snow, and all that jazz. Have at it, toots. I mean, t00tz.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Power 😉

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        Ha! Megalomaniaphiliac?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        Just Wonder Woman. :)

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:15 PM

        Hmmm… I think your delusions are worsening… 😉

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        That’s what the alcohol is for. No driving though.

      • indaburg - Feb 8, 2013 at 4:02 PM

        That’s right. Wonder Woman flies.

  4. kopy - Feb 8, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    When are they gonna let Pete Rose in!?!?!

    He’s still eligible since he got his 4,000th hit with the Expos.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:02 AM


      Speaking of famous baseball players who played in Canada. Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional in Toronto. It went into Lake Ontario and is probably still there.

      • kopy - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:07 AM

        Seems like that ball would be worth a lot of money if somebody found it…

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:17 AM

        No way to prove who hit it. It would be quite waterlogged and rotten.

      • kopy - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        That’s what somebody who wanted to find it before me would say…

        Alright, I’ll just show myself out.

  5. hushbrother - Feb 8, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    Ron Ducey might belong in the Unfulfilled Potential Hall of Fame, Tom Cheek in the Worst Home Run Call of All Time Hall of Fame (yes, for Joe Carter’s homer) and George Bell in the Mound Charging Karate Kick Hall of Fame. But enshrinement in an actual Hall of Fame based on merit? Can’t see it.

    • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      And you get the Wet Blanket Award which increases your odds for the Debbie Downer HOF.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        Umm, his handle says “brother” so that’s Dick Downer, thanks.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:25 PM

        “Dick Downer”? Man. That’s cold. Why drag poor Rosie” O’Donnell into this?

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:31 PM

        That’s not nice. Bad beaver man.

      • cur68 - Feb 8, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Well if you’d gone to print with “Dougie Downer” this wouldn’t have happened. And that’s “Bad Beaver Man”: a title should be in capitals.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 8, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Dougie is no fun.

  6. jaysjunkie - Feb 8, 2013 at 2:11 PM

    Obviously the standards aren’t nearly as tough to get into the Canadian HOF, but it’s a nice place to celebrate the country’s baseball history. I don’t know anything about the owner inducted, can’t argue with Raines, Bell, or Cheek (and a polite “screw you” to the guy who said his call of Carter’s HR sucked)…Ducey, though? That’s stretching it.

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